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Police say reported Walmart abduction was hoax

(Photo: Chesterfield Police)

UPDATE: MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) -- Authorities say the reported abduction of a woman outside a Virginia Walmart was a hoax.

Chesterfield County police were called Sunday after witnesses reported seeing a woman flee from a car trunk, chased by two men who caught and forced her back in the car.

Authorities say the woman saw herself in local news coverage and came to a police station with one of the men Monday night.

After interviewing the woman and the four men involved, police said Tuesday that the incident was a hoax planned by the group.

Authorities say the group planned to film the staged abduction and the reaction of onlookers and post the video online.

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MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) -- Authorities say a young woman who was reported abducted outside a Virginia Walmart has walked into a police station unharmed, accompanied by one of four male suspects.

News outlets report witnesses told Chesterfield County police they saw a woman flee from a car trunk, chased by two men who caught and forced her back in the car Sunday. Another man exited the store and joined the driver in the car during the reported abduction. Chesterfield police Capt. Jay Thornton said that police were investigating it as an abduction.

Chesterfield County police said in a release that the woman saw herself in local news coverage and came to a police station with one of the men Monday night. The incident remains under investigation. No further details have been released.

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